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Simon Cowell called me back and said, "Just come back next year, don't give up." I was debating whether to go back this year, I was supposed to be doing a re-sit exam. Then, just the day before, I thought I would do it and got the train and went. In my head, I was thinking, third time lucky. And it was!

– Jade during an interview with the Daily Record[1]

Jade Thirlwall
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Date of Birth December 26, 1992
Age 21
Hometown South Shields, Tyne & Wear
Family James Thirlwall (father)
Norma Thirlwall (mother)
Karl David (brother)
Relationships Sam Craske (boyfriend)
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Jade Amelia Thirwall (born on December 26, 1992; age 21) is a member of the British girl group Little Mix, along with Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, and Leigh-Anne Pinnock.

Early Life

Jade was born in South Shields, United Kingdom, to single mother Norma and lived with her brother Karl. At first, she was a student and participated in various singing contests in the area. She is close friends with The X Factor season 6 winner, Joe McElderry, who is also from South Shields. The pair used to duet together.

She began singing at an early age and from the age of 3, until she was 15, she attended Steps Dance & Fitness in South Shields, where her dance instructor was Pam Eglintine, who said Jade was "always a good singer and used to work really hard in everything she did. Jade is quite a quiet kind of girl who just gets on with things. As she progressed with the dancing, I knew she was going to be a star because she just has that natural ability... She's got an amazing voice. Even from a young age, she had a strong voice."
At the age of 9, Jade joined Performers' Stage School in her hometown. When she was 13, in year 9 at St Wilfrid's Community College, secondary school in South Shields, Jade was asked to sing in the school assembly and joined the choir. Delia McNally, Jade's teacher at St Wilfrid's, recalled, "Jade performed many times at school and sang at our tsunami relief concert in support of World Challenge."
Jade remembers, "I did little school plays and musicals." From the age of 16, she performed in pubs and clubs. Jade's mother, Norma, said, "Jade would be doing a gig and she'd invite Joe McElderry, to sing with her. They also appeared at festivals and charity gigs together."


The X Factor (2011)

Jade auditioned for The X Factor once in 2008 and again in 2010, but was rejected due to her lack of confidence. Her third attempt was in 2011 when she auditioned with "I Wanna Hold Your Hand" by The Beatles.
She was eliminated in bootcamp, but the judges decided to give her another chance and was put in a girl group called "Orion" with then fellow contestant Leigh-Anne Pinnock.
When even that group failed to make it through, a later decision saw two members (Thirlwall and Pinnock) being called back to form a group with two other girls who had failed to make it through like them. They named their group "Rhythmix", which was later changed to "Little Mix", following an argument with a charity of the same name.
On December 11, 2011, Little Mix became the first group in the 8 year run of the show to win the competition, which was followed by the release of the winner's single "Cannonball" which hit the #1 position in 3 different countries.

DNA (2012)

Following The X Factor, the girls signed a contract with Sony Music subsidiary Syco Music.
Through a live stream via Twitcam they revealed that their debut single will be called "Wings".
Little Mix announced their debut album in September 2012 called DNA, which was released on November 19, 2012, and included UK Top 20 Chart Hits "DNA", "Change Your Life", and "How Ya Doin'?".


  1. Interview with Little Mix after winning The X Factor

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